- Posted by Chris Connors
- On February 5, 2015
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The complaints about remakes and reboots are about as tiresome as the reboots themselves. If there is a property that can still be mined, you can believe that it will be mined until every vein is dry. I have accepted this and I invite you all to join me. It’s nice not getting aggravated over things that are out of your control. However, my stance on the subject doesn’t mean that I am behind every rehash that comes along. Enter Poltergeist.
The original Poltergeist is without a doubt a standout horror film, not just of the ’80s but all time. If you haven’t seen it in a while, I recommend a revisit, it does indeed hold up. So why do we need to go back to that well? It all comes back to the simple fact that the name (rightfully) has caché and there’s money to be made.
Fine, but at least tell me that there are some trustworthy people behind the wheel once occupied by Tobe Hooper (Texas Chainsaw Massacre) and Steven Spielberg (fill in your favorite movie here)? Sam Raimi (Drag Me To Hell) is producing and Gil Kenan (Monster House) is directing. I think it is safe to assume that anyone reading this knows what Raimi brings to the table. Kenan’s work on Monster House is also reassuring. Sure it was an animated kids movie, but it was a really good, scary, haunted house kids movie.
All that being said, this film has been in the works for nearly two years and we haven’t really seen or heard much about it. That was until a few weeks ago when one of the stars, Sam Rockwell, spoke with Collider and had the following to say:
“I hope it’s good. I really don’t know. I really wish I could tell you. I’m praying that it’s – I mean, it’s gonna be hard to live up to the first one. The first one’s pretty damn good. This one’s gonna be in 3D though, I can tell you that.”
He went on to say
“It’s not like Conjuring type of scary. You know, it’s a different kind of movie. It’s more of an adventure. It’s essentially a child abduction film when you come down to it. I mean, the original Poltergeist is too.”
These were not terribly reassuring quotes. But now we don’t have to speculate what the film is going to look and feel like off of quotes. We can judge for ourselves in this first trailer.
And it actually looks like they may have pulled it off. A little too much CGI perhaps, but all in all it appears that they may have succeeded in creating a scary PG-13 flick.
Legendary filmmaker Sam Raimi (“Spiderman,” “Evil Dead”, “The Grudge”) and director Gil Kenan (“Monster House”) contemporize the classic tale about a family whose suburban home is haunted by evil forces. When the terrifying apparitions escalate their attacks and hold the youngest daughter captive, the family must come together to rescue her before she disappears forever.
Poltergeist is in theaters this July 25 and stars Sam Rockwell, Rosemarie Dewitt and Jared Harris.